Before ($ 249 at Walmart) as your second display while using your Mac It's best as a rather delicious cocktail. However, we're excited to bring you closer to Apple's vision of how to enhance your screen with the iPad you already have (or will eventually buy). Sidecar is particularly useful if you need to be portable, eg. In a café and traveling, although you can of course use it at work and at home.became a new feature that allowed you to set up your iPad
Apple announced the sidecar feature at its annual WWDC event this week. The new feature will work on your Mac when MacOS Catalina is running, the OS update that will be available this Fall.
This means that although you can not use Sidecar today, you can be mentally prepared for what is to come. Here's everything we know about how Apple Sidecar works ̵
Which iPads work with Sidecar as the second screen?
All iPads with the new iPadOS 13 software update work with Sidecar. Here are the compatible iPads (CNET can get a share of sales.)
Connecting Your iPad to Your Mac
For Apple Sidecar to work, you need to connect your iPad to your Mac using a charging cable or Bluetooth wireless connection. Of course, this is your first step. Remember that you need to be within 10 meters of your Mac (or just over 30 meters) for Bluetooth to work. You also need to make sure that both devices are signed in to the same iCloud account.
To set up Sidecar once your iPad is connected
After connecting your iPad, click the AirPlay menu on your Mac. Your iPad should be displayed in the menu. There are two ways you can set up your dual screens: You can expand your desktop display to show two different screens, or you can mirror your screens so that they both display exactly the same.
Extend your Mac screen to your iPad.
If you select the option to expand your screen, you can open a set of apps and browser tabs on your Mac while you have a completely different app or set of apps on the iPad. For example, you can watch a video on the iPad while typing on the Mac. You can also drag and drop documents and other items from one screen to another.
Mirroring the two screens
If you set up Sidecar with the iPad, you can see the same screen on both devices Mirror your screens. This means that exactly the same apps are displayed simultaneously on both screens.
This is especially useful if you want to draw on your iPad during a presentation while others are displayed on your Mac. If you're on an airplane, you can play a movie on your Mac while your seatmate is watching on the iPad, so you do not have to look at the same screen.
Since Sidecar's goal is to provide you with a second screen, many of your iPad features will be unavailable while connected to your Mac.
If you want to write in your own handwriting, drawing, designing graphics and editing photos. Do it on your iPad with Apple Pencil. Because MacOS Catalina allows you to connect your Mac to your iPad, your sketches can easily be transferred to your Mac by dragging and dropping them from one screen to the other.
Using the Touchbar and Sidebar Controls
Sidecar also lets you use your iPad as a touch bar (the app bar at the bottom of the screen) for easier access. You can also turn it into a sidebar tool (your most used documents are saved here as icons) to create shortcuts to apps (see below).
Apps that you can use with Sidecar
Apple has announced that Sidecar is compatible with these apps to launch, hopefully with more in the future.
- Adobe Illustrator
- Affinity Designer & Photo
- Cinema 4D
- DaVinci Resolve
- Final Cut Pro
- Principle  Sketch
- Substance Designer & Painter
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